Private Benton Mason, Co C
Private Benton Mason enlisted in the 26th OVI, Co C on January 24, 1862. Prior to his enlistment,
he was a farmer in Delaware County, Ashley, Ohio.
He contracted a disease of the left hip joint following the forced march from Nashville to Pittsburg
Landing, in March- April, 1862. The disease is said to have been the result of sciatica or
rheumatism and its effects. According to his commander, Captain Jesse Meredith, due to the
injury, he was unable to accompany his company on the advance towards Cornith. He was treated
at a military hospital in St. Louis, Mo, and apparently rejoined the 26th OVI in Louisville in
According to the records, he was captured by the Confederate forces near Bardstown, Kentucky
on October 20, 1862. It appears he was paroled at that time.
The disease resulted in an atrophied condition of his left leg. As such, following the War, he was
granted invalid pension of $ 8 dollars per month.
According to the pension records, he was 5 ft 4 inches in height, 125 lbs in weight with a light
He was mustered out on March 8, 1865.
Following the war, he married Harriet R. Marrle on April 4, 1866 at Delaware County, Ohio. They
had eight children, Minnie, born 2/16/1867 and died 4/13/1883 ( just two days after her father's
death), Jennie, born 6/4/1869 and died 8/6/1869, Uburn, born 7/17/1870 and died 8/6/1872,
Dorsey, born 8/19/1872, Estella, born 4/11/1874 and died 8/6/1878, Almira D , born 12/16/1877,
Franklin, born 10/24/80, and Laura Anna, born 6/2/1883. He died two months before Laura Anna
He died on April 11, 1883 at Hartford, Blackford County, Indiana. Cause of death was listed as
Hemiplagia of the left side. His age at the time of his death was listed as 41 years, 9 months, and 7
days. He was initially buried in the Old Methodist North Cemetery located just north of the then
Hartford City limits. However, in 1898, all bodies buried there were exhumed to make way for a
city park. In 2010, we discovered that his remains were reinterred at the Hartford City (Indiana)
Blackford County, Indiana Civil War Monument